Can earth system science be a valued element of fair and effective earth system governance? Rice, MartinHenderson-Sellers, AnnFreie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik
Can earth system science be a valued element of fair and effective earth system governance?
Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik
The hypothesis examined here is that Earth system scientists have become less
relevant, or even irrelevant, to Earth system governance. We explore whether this
proposition is true and, if it is, why this situation has arisen. By undertaking a review
of current national efforts (in the UK and Australia) and a novel proposal regarding
the use of the IPCC as a global governance tool, we try to discover under what, if any,
circumstances Earth system science is valued in the development of environmental
governance. These discussions lead us to the conclusion that targeted Earth system
research (e.g. risk and resilience of systems and quantification of benefits of system
components) can be genuinely valuable for future environmental governance. We,
therefore, invite consideration of how Earth system researchers might be (re-)
integrated into global Earth system governance development to the benefit of all.
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